Dinosaurs were on the loose in Birmingham last week and they were humongous, ferocious and hungry for an arena packed full of dino enthusiasts at Arena Birmingham.
It’s presented and narrated by popular television personality, Michaela Strachan who appears as the palaeontologist introducing and giving facts about all of the extraordinary replicas of these amazing beasts. The factual information is fascinating to listen to and the dinosaurs who wander around the arena, which is paved with bright coloured plant-life are a vision to behold. My son was astounded, even from the upper circle, it felt as though some of the larger specimens could reach out and touch us – they were so life-like.
As we are taken on a journey through the decades, we meet dinosaurs from a variety of periods of time – there’s the Allosaurus, Plateosaurus, Stegosaurus, Torosaurus, Utahraptor, Ankylosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Lilensternus and Ornithocheirus. Each dino has its own behaviour pattern, position in the food chain and unique sound too. Watch out for the T-Rex too, both mother and baby are on the prowl!
I personally found it to be a moving experience, life-affirming in its own way and Strachan was a perfect choice to take the helm. My little boy was convinced that the dinosaurs were real. If you’ve seen the BBC One Television programme of the same title, you’ll already know how the recreation of a wide range of Dinosaurs is quite a sight to behold. When you see them live you’ll not believe your eyes.
W1A, oh how I wish we could have a weekly dose of this, 52 weeks of the year! I’m already preparing myself to be missing it desperately when it finishes in a few episodes’ time!! This week’s instalment saw a disaster befall the team as the BBC Swing Band went on the attack.
Ben & Jerry ~ It’s D day for Ben and Jerry, so they’re trying to out-do one another with additional dialogue and they’ve both looked at ways of streamlining the BBC services. With hilarious consequences ….and disastrous consequences, yes exactly yes!
BBC Orchestras ~ The BBC has six orchestras, Ben or Jerry, or Jerry or Ben have found that out during in-depth research(!) so the suggestion of amalgamation is raised. It’s also thrown out, however word gets around the BBC Swing Band is in line for the axe. How are they going to get around this one? I don’t wanna sound negative or anything but I have a bad feeling about this…
Sub-titles ~ The sub-title voice-recognition system is up the swanny (b*llocks!) and Neil is tearing his hair out. Baggy Smith (instead of Maggie Smith) being the final straw. It’s always going wrong in the news department and Neil is always apologising for something – and I admit to having a slightly warped liking of watching it all go wrong!
BBC Me ~ BBC Me is still in its pre-launch stage and Siobhan, together with her team at Fun are brainstorming ideas with fuzzy felt. Michael has a winning idea, get rid of the bikes and just film a selfie. Cue silent disco to S Club 7!
Ailing Anna ~ A bit of a cliff hanger to end on too, this week as Anna keels over in the taxi on the way back from a meeting with the charter renewal team. What will become of our favourite BBC ‘robot’? yes, exactly yes!
Another storming episode of Casualty with Connie taking centre stage yet again and the return of Duffy to our screens, which was a welcome sight! Plus there’s Charlie and Josh still making a motley pairing! Here are a few highlights:
Painting the town red ~ Charlie and Josh have been out painting the town, as a result Charlie is nursing the hangover from hell and Josh is feeling rather smug as he chirpily goes about his business! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these two are a dream team pairing, Thompson and Bleasdale are a much-needed double act. I love their banter and the cheeky way they set one another up. More of that please…
Dylan’s dilemma ~ Dylan is on the horns of another dilemma, it seems. This time he’s desperately seeking the right computer game to purchase for his young ward. What follows is Max revealing all his knowledge of super heroes, a hilarious scene which really demonstrated great chemistry between the team.
Cupid draw back your knife ~ Alicia has been on a mission to find Elle a man, and the arrival of a patient with a protruding knife and her rather good-looking father provides much occasion for ‘nudge nudge wink wink’. Elle is certainly not against the idea – however Connie is soon set to put the mockers on it. All hail the Ice Queen! Although Elle is not a woman to be trifled with…
Heart to Heart ~ Connie has been exhibiting some worrying symptoms and a scan at the beginning of the episode caused heightened need for alarm. Spending the remainder of the instalment sniping is nothing unusual for Connie, however the panic was evident. When she showed her scans to her new ‘friend’ Ethan, he hit the nail on the head with his prognosis in relation to a potential malignant heart tumour. Just what is Connie facing? Can Ethan help?
Duffy’s Back ~ Yes, Duffy is back on our screens for the first time since her glorious performance in the one-shot. Just in the nick of time too as Charlie is eternally grateful for her white lie when Josh is determined to drag his old friend out for hair of the dog. All the Chuffy fans were delighted too, to hear Charlie declare “Duffy Fairhead I couldn’t love you more!” – all together now… awwww!
Sam’s return meets with mixed reactions – which was always going to be the way if we’re honest! Alicia is on a mission to get Elle laid…. Plus there are two legends completely taking the episode to another level with their exceptional performances. Here comes more Casualty!
Return of the Nic….holls ~ Sam is back – to mixed reactions from fans, I know and also to a very mixed bag of reactions in the ED too. She’s a Paramedic now and that puts her in ‘cahoots’ with Iain. Which will make for interesting viewing in itself. She’s also cock-sure of herself, of course and her reappearance is not embraced by Dylan. It was time to bring someone in to stir things up a bit, though. Let’s see if I eat my words!
Gruesome Twosome ~ On the paramedic scene, with Jez having run off with the love of his life – there was room for new and old blood. So not only do we have Sam, but also Josh. Which means that Charlie has his buddy back and it’s not long before they’re back to their old ways and up to no good. Where’s Duffy when you need her? On a serious note, it’s brilliant to have Josh again, he’s one of the beating hearts of Holby.
Just call Alicia ‘Cilla’ ~ Alicia has admitted that she’s somewhat of a nympho, but she’s having a break from the sex and booze (for now…) and therefore on a mission to find Elle a man. Setting her up with Jacob is top of her list and she engages Louise’s help in her underhand dealings. While her efforts are not embraced by the pairing she has in mind, Elle does decide it’s time to find her ‘someone’.
A double force to be reckoned with ~ Casting Rosalind Ayres and Roberta Taylor as a same-sex couple was a genius move that paid off massively. I was so engrossed in their story that I actually cheered when Iona had a pulse, no matter how unlikely and rare an occurrence it was. It’s a long time since I’ve invested in the guest actors, but this storyline had me on the edge of my seat and emotionally connected with the characters. Brilliance, sheer brilliance.
Jealousy thy name is Lily? ~ So, with Sam having made her return are we sensing jealousy from Lily? I hope not as she and Iain have finally worked through the mire to get to relationship central. However, I’m sure I can’t be on my own in feeling that the green eyed monster lurks.
This week’s instalment saw Dylan’s on-going storyline with young Sanosi swerving around every tight bend going. Alicia was quite literally swerving as she took a driving lesson with Elle. Then there’s Connie and Ethan… here are the top five highlights!
1. Dervla vs Sanosi ~ Sanosi has been the centre of Dylan’s universe since the first episode of the new series. Almost sharing a place in grumpy doctor’s heart with his beloved Dervla – but not quite in favour, when he locks the dog in the bedroom! Dylan’s face is a picture!
2. Connie’s commitment ~ Connie is still showing commitment to Ethan, demonstrated even further when she offers to help him with his OSCE revision. The bond between this pair doesn’t sit comfortably, I keep waiting for someone to crack. I feel Ethan is most likely to shout his mouth off, a loose cannon if ever I saw one.
3. ‘Elle’ plates for Alicia ~ Elle offers to give Alicia a driving lesson and is soon set to regret her decision after Alicia’s reckless motoring almost lands them in Casualty! It isn’t Alicia’s fault but it’s a miracle that she isn’t to blame. I enjoyed seeing these two characters interact, there’s a good chemistry there that needs to be explored.
4. Sanosi to stay? ~ After a disastrous attempt at reuniting Sanosi with his UK-residing Uncle, Dylan looks set to be taking care of the boy full time. I expect Dylan is a better option than a drug smuggling Uncle, but will the pair of them live in harmony?
5. Lily’s lament ~ When Iain catches Lily in the act of emailing their colleagues to announce their ‘committed relationship’ (trust Lily!) she finds a way of telling everyone face to face. Just like Iain suggested. Although I don’t expect he had a staff meeting in mind! Ah well, the secret’s out…
This week’s instalment of Casualty brought yet more edge of your seat drama, I am extremely impressed with the quality of the episodes. In fact it feel as though the one-shot led the way for the show stepping up to another gear – it just gets better. Sad to bid farewell to a much-loved character, though – here are some highlights!
Horror for Robyn~ When a fire is started with malicious intent at Jez’s place, it’s Robyn and Charlotte who are caught up in it. Jez is not at all helpful as his mind wanders back to the baby lost in the previous fire we saw him attend. It’s up to Max to rescue his sister and niece. However, following baby Charlotte’s discharge from the ED, Jez is quick to spot that all is not well with the infant and jumps to action to remedy the situation when she stops breathing. What a day for Robyn, for Charlotte and not least, for Jez.
Comeuppance for Denise~ The fire was an attack against Jez, with the Ellisons still at large the suspect in the frame was Denise. Following a careful ploy concocted by Jez, Iain and Mickey to catch her out, Mrs Ellison was carted off to prison. The introduction of the Ellison family which began in series 31 has not ended well for any of the characters involved, except maybe for Mickey.
Dylan’s dicing with danger~ Some of the team are still in France and following the tragedy that played out in last week’s episode, Dylan is attempting to leave France with a stow-away! David is not on board with the idea, but leaves it to unfold when Dylan informs him that he will be taking the blame if the worst happens. How they escape the authorities and get away with their plan is a mystery!
Farewell Jez! ~ Mickey is moving abroad and he wants Jez to go with him. It’s all a bit of a last minute dash to catch up with the remaining Ellison as Jez finally decides to join him, and a will they/won’t they ensues. All’s well that ends well and the pair head off in the sunset together. The sadness being that we lose Jez, and I will miss him – Lloyd Everitt is a fine actor and I hope to see him in another role soon.
Inside Soap Awards~ Casualty are fairing well at the Inside Soap Awards which are voted for by the public, so why not vote now? Here’s the link: Inside Sopa Awards 2017 Voting Link
Another episode of Trust Me has been and gone, so it’s over to resident Guest Blogger, Chloe Buckles to fill us in on the latest instalment!
The penultimate episode of this series didn’t disappoint! But if you’re of a nervous disposition you may want to look away now because this episode gave us emotional heartbreak, plenty of blood and yet more unanswered questions!
Having done his research now into ‘Dr Ally’/Cath Hardacre (Jodie Whittaker), Andy Brenner (Emun Elliot) is quick to realise that his new girlfriend is not all she seems to be. After a frosty shift together, which gets everyone suspicious given that Cath has just lost her father, Andy invites Cath to a secluded and somewhat bleak part of the Scottish countryside where he finally calls her out on her identity deception. The biggest surprise here was that although he is obviously angry at what Cath has been doing – pretending to be her doctor-pal Ally – he appears on the surface to be supporting her. But all isn’t quite sitting right with this partnership now, and Andy persuades Cath to move in with him. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is far more to his story still to come, even with just one more episode to go. With his help, Cath seems to be becoming an even more convincing of a doctor as he helps her get up to speed on some of the more complex procedures. Is he just setting Cath up so he can be the one to take the fall out and the glory for having uncovered it himself? Or is he genuinely in love with her and only wants to see her succeed?
Back in Sheffield, Karl (Blake Harrison) smells a rat. He’s told that Cath has been spreading lies about their relationship and telling people that he had been violent and we learn from him that Cath is not known for being deceptive and lying. This information into her character added to the enormity of what she is currently doing and coupled with her encounter with Andy earlier we realise how the main driving force in her motivation is to ensure that daughter Molly has the best life, and the best potential life, she can. But Karl is heading to Edinburgh to confront Cath – will he be the one to out her identity to the rest of her colleagues?
Later in the episode we see things really begin to spiral into difficulty for Cath. A very busy shift on A&E with her line manager Brigitte (Sharon Small) means everyone is against it and Brigitte is putting pressure on Cath to get through their patients as quickly as possible. With emergencies en route and patients stacking up all around them, Cath begrudgingly succumbs to Brigitte’s pressure of letting her patient with the dental abscess go home instead of being checked out further.
This was only ever going to lead to one moment, and from the moment Mr Abscess walked in it was clear it wasn’t going to end well for him. Sure enough, he is readmitted later on with an obstructed airway and he’s in a bad way. With Brigitte panicking because she knows she encouraged his discharge and unable to get an airway in Cath is forced to step up. At this point we really see Brigitte struggle and you get a real picture of how much she is out of her depth in her role – she certainly came across to the viewer as very vulnerable. Forced to perform a surgical airway under pressure Cath eventually succeeds. Needless to say, if you were of a nervous disposition these weren’t the scenes for you. Tense and dramatic I’m not sure if I breathed throughout (in fact I was probably in need of some oxygen myself).
The episode finished with Brigitte pleading with Cath to alter the records to save them from any backlash from having earlier discharged the patient. Clearly struggling with the idea of lying about the care of a patient (somewhat ironically given that she’s pretending to be a doctor) Cath eventually alters the notes. But then she discovers Brgitte is drinking. Will she put the blame on Brigitte? Or continue to stick to their cover story? And more importantly, who is going to blow her own massive secret?
Looking forward to hearing about the final episode from Chloe! Here’s her own blog where you should drop in and check out her ‘ramblings’…
A brand new series of Casualty and what an episode it was! An absolutely stellar instalment with terrific performances from all concerned and ‘heart in your mouth’ scenes. Here are some highlight while I catch my breath!
Dylan ~ Reluctant hero of the hour, Dylan is at the centre of the action as some of the team help out in a French refugee camp. He’s ‘befriended’ by a young lad and can’t walk away when a situation has him torn. The episode is an opportunity to show another dimension to the character and of course, Will Beck embraces that and brings the right amount of heart to the role when it’s needed.
Alicia ~ Alicia seems ill-equipped to deal with the dire situation before her and cracks open the booze – a decision which sees her side-lined when she needs to be at the hub. Not the wisest move there, Doctor!
David ~ David seems to be firing on all cylinders again after last series saw him plunge to the depths of despair, his mental health in tatters. He’s forging quite the formidable double act with Dylan.
Connie ~ Connie had been making great strides in her relationship with Grace, but it’s cut short when Sam absconds with their recuperating daughter. It seems he’s fed Grace a line that her mother is in on the plan and the youngster couldn’t be happier. Whereas Connie…. interestingly she drops the ball with a patient, and I expect that’s only the start.
Ethan ~ From Ethan’s behaviour, I’d say he is not going to find it easy to hide his secret. The fact that it’s eating away at him is clear and ultimately he does have too much integrity. I anticipate an implosion!
Here’s Chloe Buckles, our wonderful television Guest Reviewer to sum up the latest episode of Trust Me…
As Cath Hardacre’s pretence as Dr Ally Sutton begins to unravel, viewers are left wondering who’s going to be the first to realise she isn’t who she says she is? Or will she actually be able to make it work?
The web of Cath Hardacre’s (Jodie Whittaker) lies is getting even more complex and tangled as we dive into the second episode of this BBC mini-series. We visit the A&E department briefly in this episode as Cath clearly now is at home in her new role. And occasional slip-up or mispronunciation of a word is all that can tell her apart from her other A&E doctor colleagues – all of whom love this new doctor who takes times to talk to and care for her patients like no other doctor they’ve seen before.
In this episode we focus in on Cath’s newly formed relationships with co-workers and new-boyfriend Andy Brenner (Emun Elliott). But it’s these relationships that look like they could be her unravelling, as well as her past sticking its nose in and coming back to haunt her. However, she does manage to get HR off her back by obtaining (at long last) a fake passport for herself in Ally’s name.
Returning to her routes in Sheffield to visit her ailing dad, Cath makes plans to see former partner Karl (The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison) who seems to have his life back on track and is keen to kick start the relationship between them and spend time with his daughter, Molly. Of course, not only is Cath now in a new relationship with colleague Andy, but Karl has no idea of what she’s currently up to – taking on the identity of her best friend. However, if anyone, I think Karl might be the most sympathetic to her situation and probably the only person that we’ve met who would keep up the pretence on her behalf.
Another concern for Cath is pesky journalist Sam Kelly (Nathan Welsh) who’s following up the story of neglect of patients at her former hospital. Desperate to be the one to expose what’s going on, he’s tracked Cath down at her new place of work and was dangerously close to spotting that she no longer goes under the name of Cath Hardacre and is masquerading at best friend Ally. Telling him she needed a fresh start, and allowing Sam to believe that Karl abused her, Sam eventually promises to stay away and leave her to her new life. I’ve got a feeling we’ll be seeing more of him though.
Attending a conference with colleague and line manager Brigitte Rayne (Sharon Small) was where another strand of this massive lie was likely to be pulled apart, as a former work colleague seemed to recognise Cath. These excellent scenes gave us some welcome insight into Brigitte, who so far seems to be a stressed out and a not very well respected boss, as well as naïve to how Cath is pulling the wool over her eyes. The scene shared between them outside was particularly well done as Brigitte tells Cath of how she neglected to spot sepsis in a young girl, because she wanted to finish her shift and go home, and the result of which was that the young girl died. A powerful scene that showed some insight into Brigitte’s character and also, I’m sure, made Cath realise how much she is playing with fire with patients lives.
The final relationship threatening to uncover Cath’s secret is her new relationship with colleague Andy Brenner. He’s already worked out that something is amiss after speaking to a friend of his who knows the real Ally Sutton. And when he intercepts a call about Cath’s dad we can see something is beginning to click into place for him as he reaches for the trusty internet for answers. Will he be able to work out what Cath has been up to? And if he does, is there any hope for their relationship?
Oooh sounds like gripping stuff, Chloe – and don’t forget you can catch Chloe’s own blog over atInept Ramblings Blog